Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M. Academy

May 16, 2022 Newsletter

Important Dates


16-20 Spirit Week

17 ~ Election Day

18 ~ Fun Run during Lunch recess

19 ~ Family Engineering Night (See information below)

23 ~ Boise Zoo Field Trip (Whole School) 10:30am-1:30pm

(Volunteers Needed - See Below)

26 ~ Orchestra Concert

30 ~ No School - Memorial Day

31 ~ Kindergarten Promotion (More info coming soon.)


1 - Field Day (Volunteers Needed - See information below)

3 - Last Day of School (Early Release - 1:25 pm)

3 - School Wide Family Picnic

3 - Fifth Grade Farewell

20-24 BMSA Camp Invention (Sign up information is below.)


Kindergarten and First Grade Showcases

Kindergarten Habitat Showcase

BMSA Kindergartners worked hard researching and designing animal habitats. They proudly showcased their dioramas depicting an animal within their habitat, which included basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. These projects were collaborative efforts with students synergizing to create the display, writing about the animal's basic needs, and creating a digital book to share with family and friends.

First Graders Share Knowledge About Biomimicry

Our first-grade inventors answered the question, "How can I use Biomimicry to solve a problem?"

Biomimicry is the process of designing materials or systems that are nature-inspired, such as designing real-world tools that mimic animal characteristics or traits. First graders solved real-world problems by applying animal traits/characteristics to their inventions. For example:

  • Inventing a piggy bank surrounded by quills (inspired by porcupines) to keep your money safe.
  • Designing fabric that mimics chameleon camouflage that you could hide under or throw over your items to hide them from people passing by.
  • Designing a hat with a super-sonic hearing inspired by a big-eared bat.
  • Engineering a "Washing Machine Grabber" designed to reach the laundry at the bottom of your washing machine using a long "neck", just like a giraffe uses his long neck to grab leaves off of tall trees.

Students used the engineering design process to

1. Define a problem

2. Identify the constraints

3. Brainstorm possible solutions

4. Select the best solution

5. Design a prototype

6. Test the prototype

7. Iterate to improve the prototype

8. Communicate or share the design with an audience

BMSA Spirit Week and FUN RUN - May 16-20

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Spirit Week

Please join us in celebrating Spirit Week, our FUN RUN and ENGINEERING NIGHT.

We are kicking off Spirit week with some fun dress-up days:

5/16 Monday

SPACE DAY Dress up as your favorite Astronaut or Solar Explorer, or wear space-themed shirts (No Costumes/Masks/Face Paint)

5/17 Tuesday

HAT DAY Show off your favorite HAT!

5/18 Wednesday

SPORTS DAY Wear your favorite sporty attire!

On Wednesday, our students will have the opportunity to participate in our FUN RUN during their grade level lunch! Parents are welcomed to come cheer on their runner as we celebrate healthy, fit and fun choices by running the track. BMSA's PTO will be providing students with a prize for participating.

Lunch timeframes are below if you would like to come cheer them on:

11:30am - Grades 3 and Tuition Kindergarten

12:00pm - Grades 2 and 4

12:30pm - Grades 1, 5

(Mrs. Journeaux's AM students: 12:00-12:15am)

(Mrs. Journeaux's PM students: 1:05pm-1:20pm)

5/19 Thursday

BMSA DAY Wear BMSA spirit wear or school colors (Navy, Silver and White)

Blast off with us this evening for BMSA's Engineering Night from 5:30pm-7:00pm as we discover ROCKETS!

5/20 Friday

ANIMAL DAY We celebrate the animal kingdom by dressing as your favorite animal.

(This will get us excited for the Zoo field trip on MONDAY 5/23!)

Thank you for supporting BMSA!

Fun Run Wednesday During Lunch

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PTO is sponsoring a Spring Fun Run on Wednesday, May 18 during students' lunch recesses. After students eat their lunches, they are encouraged to run the track to promote fitness and fun!

Parents are welcomed to come cheer their child on as they run the track! Below are the timeframes for each grade level:

11:30am - Grades 3 and Tuition Kindergarten

12:00pm - Grades 2 and 4

12:30pm - Grades 1, 5

(Mrs. Journeaux's AM students: 12:00-12:15am)

(Mrs. Journeaux's PM students: 1:05pm-1:20pm)

Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event and providing a small prize for participation.

Family Engineering Night

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Join us for Family Engineering Night as we explore ROCKETS!

We are excited to invite you and your family and friends to our annual Family Engineering Night, where each grade level test their engineered rocket designs.

BMSA classrooms, blacktops and fields

Thursday, May 19 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

We look forward to seeing you next week!

BMSA all School Zoo Field Trip is May 23rd!

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The Boise Zoo field trip is around the corner!

On Monday, May 23, we will venture down to the Boise Zoo to learn about animals and their habitats. We will ride school buses down, loading at 10:15am and will return to BMSA around 1:30pm.

  • We will be eating in Julia Davis Park after our zoo visit. Sack lunches are encouraged and a school lunch will be provided to those students not bringing a lunch from home.
  • Please have your child dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.
  • BMSA and our PTO is paying for student entries so it is FREE to students. However, if you would like to donate to help offset the cost of entry, PTO is collecting donations as noted above.

We are in need of one parent volunteer for every five (1:5) students and slots are filing up fast. If you are interested in volunteering, please email your classroom teacher directly. Thank you!

Field Day - June 1

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Our annual Field Day events will be held Wednesday, June 1.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun and games, centered around synergy, sportsmanship and H2O!

This years event will be held in two different sessions:

9:30-11:30am Grades 3-5 and AM Kindergarten

1:15-3:15pm Grades 1-2, Tuition Kinder and PM Kindergarten

2 Volunteers per class are needed during the grade timeslot to help run stations. Volunteers are asked to arrive 20 minutes before the start times listed above. If interested in volunteering, please sign-up today by clicking the link below:

Field Day: June 1 2022 (

For questions, please contact Mr. Walberg:

Camp Invention returns to BMSA!

Come join the fun with Camp Invention June 20th to 24th from 9am to 3:30! Use code EXPLORE15 for $15 off until May 18th! We are limited to 80 campers and filling up fast! Sign up soon at!

Counselor Corner!

SEL Lessons

For the month of May, K-4th grade will continue learning about our Toolbox Tools and 5th grade students will talk about transitioning to middle school and what that looks like in the fall.


Hi BMSA families! I wanted to share a few resource we have available to students and their families in need:

- Week-end Food Back Pack Program: Students receive a bag of food each Friday, delivered by the Meridian Food Bank. This is provided throughout the school year. Link to permission form can be found here. To participate in this program, you may also request a hard copy sent home with your student by emailing Counselor Emma at or call 208.855.4432.

- Hygiene Items: If your student or someone in your family needs hygiene items such as a tooth brush, floss, soap, etc., please contact Counselor Emma at (208) 855-4432.

Want to help?

We are accepting donations of reusable water bottles and ear buds/headphones. If you'd like to donate either of these items, you can send them in with your student. Thanks so much!

Parent Education Class: Teaching Our Children Social-Emotional Skills

"Teaching Our Children Social-Emotional Skills" is a self-paced recorded parent-education class with 8 lessons based on The Zones of Regulation and The 12 Tools of Toolbox.

Counselors within West Ada School District Karla Holmes, Quyann Kerby, and Laura Minogue present lessons and resources on how parents can teach their children valuable social-emotional skills including:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empathy
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving

These lessons are geared toward K-6 graders, but parents can learn how to model these skills for students of any age.

School Counseling Services / Parent Education (

Parenting Group - The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Here is a flyer for a parent group at The Counseling Center at Tree City Church starting May 9th through June 27th on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m.

Family Advocates - Family Resiliency Course

Below are links to flyers for Family Strengthening Education Program courses throughout the Treasure Valley:



Online - Noon

Online - Evening

5 for 5 - Online

5 for 5 - Boise